Love these photographs of President Obama

Source: The Year in Photos. WhiteHouse Flickr site


Sept. 16, 2010
"We had arrived back at the Westchester County Airport in New York, headed back to Washington. Because of the configuration of the helicopter, everyone had to board before the President. So he waited for a few minutes in the motorcade, illuminated by the interior light, until everyone was situated." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


May 31, 2010
"The skies opened up on Memorial Day outside of Chicago. When the lightning began, the Secret Service told the President that it was too dangerous to proceed. He took the stage by himself and informed the audience that his speech was canceled and that for everyone's safety, they should return to their busses. Later, he boarded a few of the busses to thank them for attending and apologized for not being able to speak." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Art strengthens America

In times of war and sacrifice, the arts … remind us to sing and to laugh and to live. In times of plenty, they challenge our conscience and implore us to remember the least among us. In moments of division or doubt, they compel us to see the common values that we share; the ideals to which we aspire, even if we sometimes fall short. In days of hardship, they renew our hope that brighter days are still ahead. So let’s never forget that art strengthens America. And that’s why we’re making sure that America strengthens its arts. It’s why we’re re-energizing the National Endowment of the Arts. That’s why we’re helping to sustain jobs in arts communities across the country. It’s why we’re supporting arts education in our schools, and why Michelle and I have hosted students here at the White House to experience the best of American poetry and music.

Excerpt from President Barack Obama's remarks
for the Kennedy Center Honorees
December 6, 2009

source: Fracture Atlas blog

Callie Shell: Barack Obama 100 days Behind the Scenes at

The President returns a chair after a meeting at the Oval Office.
©Callie Shell

Photographer Callie Shell has been photographing President Obama for five years. You can see her images at the website.

As chance would have it, the first photos she ever took of him were when she was on assignment to photograph somebody else. It was 2004 and Time had sent her to follow the John Kerry campaign. It was in a holding room at a rally in Chicago that she came across the then little-known senator. "He was just there as one of the speakers. But you couldn't not notice him. He was very funny, very good-looking, very well spoken. He just seemed at ease with the world around him. He had everything. And people in the room really reacted to him.

"It also happened that he was standing in a much better light than John Kerry and so I did portraits of him and sent them in and my editor was like, 'Who's this?' And I'm like, 'He's this guy from Chicago but I think... I think he's more than just your local Chicago politician.' And then he made the speech at the Democratic convention and we all knew who he was from that point."

Shell lobbied to do a story on him in 2006 which eventually became a cover piece, and it was the rapport she built up during that time that has stood her in such good stead. She got to know him before the campaign madness and its attendant security requirements took over.

When it kicked off in earnest, she went back on the road with him and the result is perhaps one of the most intimate set of portraits there is of the president elect - catching a quick nap on the campaign bus, relaxing with his children, snatching a moment alone with his wife, Michelle.

Carol Cadwaller
The Observer
January 11, 2009

Inspiration: Pete Souza

Photographs by Pete Souza/White House

Head over to the White House official website and take a look at the photographs by Pete Souza. He always brings a fresh perspective to photographing meetings on a daily basis. When I look at his images, I always notice the subtle elements he incorporates when he frames his pictures: the bag in the corner, the coke can left behind on the table, the synchronized gestures of his subjects and the way he spaces them from each other. I am always excited to open my reader whenever I get an update on the slideshows. I learn by observing what he sees.

Back Home

I groggily woke up this morning just in time to watch Barack Obama's Inauguration on television. My throat is sore and my joints ache. The hectic schedule the past two weeks, the long flight home, fatigue and finally the sudden change of temperature last night took a toll on my body. Tomorrow, I'm back to work. I surely wish I had a few more days to rest. All I can do is to keep drinking liquids and to stay warm in bed. Once I'm feeling better, I will share some stories and new photographs from Manila.

2008 year end thoughts

©Stella Kalaw
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founding fathers is still alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, Tonight is your answer.
President Elect Barack Obama, Grant Park- Chicago, IL

One word sums up 2008 for me: HOPE. I have never seen it manifest like it did this year especially with Barack Obama's historical journey to the White House. It was palpable everywhere. I have been moved on several occasions hearing stories of hope's power to ignite something inside us and make us reach for the impossible. At this moment in time, hope triumphed over cynicism and I am savoring it.

In my own life, it is hope that allows me to remain resolute in creating the work I believe in regardless whether it finds an audience or not. When I think back five years ago when the odds were stacked against me, it was hope that kept me going. I continued to move forward, slowly building my personal projects over a long period of time. And some of that steadfast work has paid off. I am truly thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that came my way this year and to everyone who believed and supported me.

The road is always uncertain in this photographic journey but I know that hope will carry me through as I welcome the new year.

Scout Tufankjian: Barack Obama campaign

Today, Michael David Murphy of 2point 8 featured Scout Tufankjian's work on the Barack Obama campaign. It was wonderful to experience so many funny and heartfelt moments by Barack, Michelle and their 2 daughters, Malia and Sasha through Scout's sensitive eye. Her refreshing angles and surprising points of view made me look through each and every photograph in her website. I encourage you to take a look.